"I desperately wish that I had been president when the FBI and CIA finally confirmed, officially, that bin Laden was responsible for the attack on the U.S.S. Cole," Clinton tells New York magazine this week. "Then we could have launched an attack on Afghanistan early."The whole post is worth your time.
"I don’t know if it would have prevented 9/11," he added. "But it certainly would have complicated it.”
"I always thought that bin Laden was a bigger threat than the Bush administration did."
Clinton has tried on more than one occasion to adapt history to make his eight-year turn in the White House something more than a paean to lost time while Islamofascists gained ground. This particular effort fails miserably, mostly due to the efforts of the 9/11 Commission, which detailed exactly when the FBI and CIA made their determination that al-Qaeda had executed the attack on the Cole. On pages 192-3, the report shows that Clinton still had two months left in his presidency when that determination was made.
16 August 2005
Yea, Bill, If Only
Ed Morrissey fisks Bubba after his latest revision of history: